With Thanksgiving around the corner, you may be hoping to learn some conventional American cooking techniques. After all, Turkey Day is a culinary celebration that brings together some of the best American fare, such as turkey, stuffing and, of course, mashed potatoes. This side dish is a longtime favorite that’s easy to make in large portions for the holidays. You’ll need to whip up an extra-large heap of this delicious side for your family because the Calorie Control Council reports that the average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving, with 3,000 of those being eaten during the main meal. However, if plain mashed potatoes are a bit too bland for your taste, here are five ways to bring the flavor up a notch:
1. Get creative with your seasonings
For some, the classic garlic mashed potatoes with a little salt and pepper may do the job, but for the gastronomic gurus looking to take it to the next level, consider some other seasoning options. Rosemary and dill both complement potatoes well. Paprika is another great option.
2. Thanksgiving sandwiches
Perhaps the best part about Thanksgiving is having a week’s worth of leftovers that can be repurposed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for a quality lunch option, invest in a soft loaf of fresh white bread and pile up a sandwich with slices of Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. Though be warned, the Thanksgiving sandwich can get quite messy, so it probably requires a fork and knife.
3. Mashed potato pizza
If your family doesn’t usually dine on traditional Thanksgiving fare, consider switching it up by turning this classic side into the main ingredient of a pizza. Here is a recipe guide for this unique take on mashed potatoes, courtesy of Be Up & Doing.
4. Go for cheese
Mashed potatoes topped with melted cheddar cheese and crispy bacon has become a classic. However, don’t forget about the plethora of other cheeses at your disposal. Goat cheese, brie, feta, Swiss or parmesan can all bring another level of flavor to your mashed potatoes.
5. Find your consistency
Some people like lumpy mashed potatoes, others like them smooth. Finding the right consistency takes practice, but once you do, make a note of how much cream and butter you add to get the desired consistency. Add these ingredients slowly, because once you’ve added too much there’s no going back.